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Ski Girls!

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Sat, 01/05/2013 - Sun, 01/06/2013

Join the Snow Sisterhood! Come downhill ski on Mt Hood! This Girls only trip will take us up to Government camp where we'll take over the mountain with 2 days of laughter, skiing, cocoa, snow, and fun! We'll stay in a cabin and go night skiing at Skibowl on Saturday and we'll get up Sunday to lay some fresh morning tracks! You don't need any ski experience to come on this trip, just an eagerness to learn and try new things.  

This trip is open to all Upper School Girls.

Cost $130 includes lift tickets (additional $62 for ski rental)

Contact Renee to sign up!

 

Ski the dream!

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Sat, 03/02/2013 - Sun, 03/03/2013

Ever dream of a downhill run that lasts for over an hour- uninterrupted?  Join us for the greatest skiing weekend!  We will drive up Saturday to Timberline Lodge, put on our cross country skis, and make the hour long run down to Government Camp.  Then we will get on the bus and do it again!  That night we will stay at the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp and eat pizza.  Sunday will see us skiing the back country near Bennett Pass.

This is a great way to gain cross country skiing experience and hang out with your friends in the snow and in the glorious Oregon Cascades.  Students should have skiing experience, but not need to be experienced at cross country skiing.

The trip is open to Upper School students.

The cost of the trip is $95 and includes all transportation, ski rentals, food and lodging for the two days.

To sign up send an email to Peter Green.

 

Nordic Ski Bus

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Tue, 01/01/2013 - Sat, 01/26/2013

 Join us for a series of three Saturdays where we will learn the basic techniques of Cross Country Skiing.  We will board the bus in the morning at Catlin Gabel and ride up towards the mountain.  The group will rent skis in Government Camp and then head over to ski on groomed trails at places like Bennett Pass, Teacup, Hood River Meadows or Trillium lake.  It is a fun way to learn this great sport with your friends.  Professional instructors will guide students through the skiing each day. 

No previous experience is necessary.  Equipment will be rented and is included in the price.  Students should bring appropriate outdoor clothing and be in good condition.  

The cost of the three weeks is $185 and includes instruction, gear and transportation

The course is open to students in 8th through 12th grades.

To sign up contact Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu

 

 

Ski to a Forest Lookout Tower!

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - Tue, 01/22/2013

Two seperate trips: Jan. 21-22 AND  Jan. 22-23

Have you ever dreamed of floating over the great old growth forests of Oregon?  This trip will fulfill your dreams as we sleep in a forest lookout high over the Mount Hood National Forest.  

What a great way to enjoy your end-of-semester breakl  We will drive east, then south, then west through the town of Dufur and up to the edge of the snowline.  Once at the snowpark we will don our Nordic SKIS!  Yes, that's right we will ski into the lookout!  Crazy cool?  Yes. The ski will take us about four miles along snow covered roads.  No special skill is skiing is required or expected, but students should be comfortable in the snow and cold conditions.  Previous experience as a snowboarder or downhill skier is necessary.  We will carry our sleeping bags, poads, food and clothes with us on our moderate trek.

The rest of Monday and most of Tuesday will be spent gfrolicking in the snow- skiing (without packs) over obstacles and trying to learn various techniques instrinsic to Nordic skiing.  that night we will sleep in the lookout, surrounded by millions of stars.

The trip will return on Tuesday evening around dinner time.

The cost of the trip is $75 and includes ski rentals, food, and transportation. 

The trip is open to Upper School students.

To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu

 

 

 

 

Escape the Rain Hells Canyon Backpacking

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Sat, 11/17/2012 - Tue, 11/20/2012

 Step 1: Get in the bus and drive Southeast until it stops raining.  

Step 2: Start hiking.  

 

Just kidding.  

Sort of.   

 

This four day trip with take us to Central Oregon’s Badlands where, though temperatures may drop low, the trip should be nice and dry!  The Badlands is 32,000 acres of low buttes, rock outcrops, and mini canyons just southeast of Bend that awaiting our adventure!

 

 Most of the Badlands is trail free allowing us to wander through the sage and juniper and camp where we please.   We’ll start our exploration by hiking up Dry River Gorge, a 400 foot deep canyon carved by an Ice Age river where we’ll find rock art, caves, and ponderosa pines.  We’ll continue up the canyon where we will see some of the largest western junipers in Oregon.  We’ll use maps and compasses and hone our navigational skills while taking in the peace and solitude of the desert with new friends. 

 

  After 3 nights of hiking and striking sunsets we’ll emerge from the desert and head through Bend where we’ll stop for lunch and a hot soak at the Old St Francis School before heading home to Portland.  This trip is open to all upper schoolers, no experience necessary. 

Price: $120 each

 

 

Art in the Wild

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Sat, 11/03/2012 - Sun, 11/04/2012

Let the wilderness be your muse and get out and inspired this weekend. We'll pack up our paints, sketchbooks, and instruments and head out to Ekone Ranch for horseback riding, art making, and inspiration. Ekone Ranch is located on 1060 acres of permanently protected forests, meadows, and steppe at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge in south-central Washington State. It’s also home to 20 horses, most of whom have been raised and trained on the ranch. 

We’ll head out to the Ranch Saturday morning arriving in time for a tasty lunch. Saturday afternoon, weather permitting, weill ride horses and set to creating. Catlin art teachers will join us and we'll do plein aire painting, photography, natural material sculptures. We'll bring out recording equipment, make instruments, write songs, and enjoy the evening making music by the fire in the big open air lodge. We’ll sleep in a longhouse under the stars.
Sunday we’ll have another opportunity for a trail ride and have time to spend working on our projects. We’ll head back to Catlin after lunch.

Come get your creative on, because the earth without art is just "eh." This trip is open to all Upper Schoolers. No experience necessary.

Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Halloween, 10/31 12pm Outdoor Program Office 

This trip is open to all Upper Schoolers. No experience necessary.

The cost of the trip is $90. (Add $80 to ride a horse) Financial aid is available, please ask.

Contact Renee with questions or to sign up

 

 

 

Biking and Camping along the Lower Deschutes River

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Sat, 11/10/2012 - Sun, 11/11/2012

The best of both worlds!  We have designed a bike trip that is (just about) entirely down hill AND we will be camping in the spot in western Oregon where it is Least likely to rain!  That's right- we will bike from near Tygh Valley down and down to the Deschutes River, once past White River State Park and Sherar's Falls we will set up camp in one of the designated BLM sites along the river.  That night we will sleep under the stars.  In the morning we will enjoy a nice cooked breakast and drive back to town after a day hike.

The cost for the trip is just $40

The trip is open to Upper School students.

To sign up contact Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu

 

 

 

Rafting the Lower Deschutes River

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Fri, 10/19/2012 - Sun, 10/21/2012

Every few years we offer a special rafting trip to the Lower Deschutes River.  This stretch of the river provides a greater wilderness feeling and more extensive rapids than the standard middle section that we do during other years.  This year we will gather at Catlin Gabel on Friday morning October 19 (students will need to miss classes on this day) and head over to the town of Tygh Valley and then east to Sherar's Falls.  The plan is to put in just below the falls and raft all the way to the Columbia River.  Along the way we will find Idyllic campsites and sleep under the stars.  Meals will be prepared by the students and they will be quite good. 

Please note that students who must drop off the trip after October 1st will receive less than a full refund because of the need to cover the cost for equipment rental and hiring of staff.

The cost of the trip is $175. Financial Aid is available, just ask.

The trip is open to students in the Upper School.

To sign up or for more information contact Peter Green at greenp@catlin.edu

 

Climbing at Smith Rock

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Sat, 10/13/2012 - Sun, 10/14/2012

Spend a sunny weekend in Central Oregon learning to climb outdoors-- on real rock.  This is a low key and fun way to try out one of the most popular outdoor adventure sports in the world.  We will travel from Catlin Gabel on Saturday morning down to Smith Rock, near Redmond.  Once there we will divide into smaller groups and scatter ourselves about the park and do some climbing.  No prior climbing experience is expected.  Students who are experienced will climb for both days, while newer students will have an opportunity to participate in a focused rock school that will provide them with the essentials of climbing, belaying and rappelling.

On Saturday evening the group will sleep near the Skull Hollow Campground east of the park after enjoying a dinner out at a local dining establishment.  Stiudents should plan to bring their own lunches (two) and a breakfast.  The school can provide all the climbing gear needed.  Students should have appropriate clothing and camping supplies.

The cost for the trip is $50.

The trip is open to Upper School students.

For information or to sign up for the trip, send an email to Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu

Eagle Creek Descent

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Fri, 09/21/2012 - Sun, 09/23/2012

Students from the after school Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Program will travel one of Oregon's classic adventure routes- the entire length of Eagle Creek in the Columbia Gorge.  The group will visit Whatum Lake, swim in Eagle Creek, and travel through a glorious old growth forest.  e will camp out two nights and cook our own meals under the stars.

The plan is to leave after lunch on Friday at 1:00 (an E-Day) and drive up to Wahtum lake.  Once there we will make a day hike up to the summit of Chinadere Mountain and then return to camp to prepare a fine meal.  The following mroning we will load up our packs and hike downhill along Eagle Creek, stopping to swim and wade at various emerald green pools along the way.  That night we will camp along the river and sleep under the stars.  On Sunday the group will break camp and hike the remaining distance out to meet the bus at the trailhead along Interstate 84.  The total hiking distance is 14 miles and almost entirely downhill. 

The trip is open to students in the OLA class.  The cost of the trip is included in the overall cost for the course.

For information contact Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu

 

 

Ecuador: People and Ecosystems of the High Andes

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Fri, 06/15/2012 - Mon, 07/02/2012

 

Global and Outdoor Education unite! Join leaders David Zonana, Erin Goodling, and Peter Green for an amazing two and a half weeks in Ecuador.  While in country, students will deepen their understanding of the natural and cultural diversity of the High Andes of Ecuador, strengthen their spanish skills, and gain outdoor skills and experience in the wonderful Andean Cloud Forest and Paramo (high Andean grassland) ecosystems.  Sign-ups for this trip will be managed by the Catlin Global Education Program. For more information, check out our trip page (http://www.catlin.edu/global-education/global-trips/ecuador).

 

Habitat Restoration Service Trip

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Sat, 05/19/2012 - Sun, 05/20/2012

 

Still need to pick up some service hours?  Want to spend the weekend outside with your friends?  The Outdoor Program will be offering a chance for you to do both of these things with this weekend of outdoor stewardship.  We will as a team to support an environmental organization on a to-be-determined service project.  To make sure that we are not working too hard, we will also do an exciting hike one day.  This trip will likely take place in the Columbia River Gorge.  Students can expect to gain 6-8 service hours over the course of the weekend.

The cost of this trip is $55.  This fee covers permits, transportation, instruction, and most food.  This trip is open to all upper school students.  You can sign up by sending an email to David Zonana (zonanad@catlin.edu).

White Salmon Rafting Overnight

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Wed, 06/26/2013 - Thu, 06/27/2013

WIth its headwaters high on the flanks of Mt. Adams, the exciting White Salmon River flows through lush forests and steep gorges before emptying into the Columbia River.  On this trip, we will spend one day rafting and exploring the most exciting sections of this Wild and Scenic River and a second day exploring caves and other adventurous sites in the area..  With the help of a commercial guiding company on the river, we will descend the famous S-Turn, Flume, and Rattlesnake Rapids, and may even take the plunge of Husum Falls.  The water is crystal clear, and the sun should be shining! 

Students do not need rafting experience, but should be willing to learn, work as a team and paddle hard.  This trip is open to all Upper School students and graduating 8th grade students.

The estimated cost of this trip is is $135. This fee covers rafting instruction and gear rental, permits, transportation, and most food. All interested students should email Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu.

Opal Creek Canyoneering

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Sat, 07/07/2012 - Sun, 07/08/2012

The plan is to head south to explore the old-growth drainages of the Willamette National Forest and Opal Creek Wilderness on foot! We will arrive at the Shady Grove Campground (see included map), and will explore the area around there, either hiking west along the North Little Santiam Trail, or if the weather is good, and we are feeling adventurous, exploring the canyon of Gold Creek. The last mile of Gold Creek before its confluence with the Little Santiam River would be a nice warm-up for our objective on Sunday. On Sunday, we will hop in the bus and head as far as we can on FS Road 2209 before reaching a gate and parking area. We will continue on foot another couple of miles up the gravel road before dropping down into Opal Creek itself where we will travel in and along the stream itself for 7+ miles until we arrive back at our campsite. The hikes will not be on a trail. There will be times where we have to climb down short cliffs, or wade across the streams. These are beautiful, true wilderness creeks, and we may wade in the narrows of the creeks on occasion. It is bound to be a blast!

Members of the group should have wilderness skills and be comfortable scrambling and moving through varied terrain. Students do not need to be expert climbers, but should be good team players, and be willing to work hard.

This trip is open to all Upper School students.  The estimated cost of this trip is $50.  Interested students should email David Zonana (zonanad@catlin.edu) to sign up. 

Bandon-Port Orford Wilderness Backpacking and Surfing

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - Fri, 07/20/2012

Explore Oregon's only true wilderness coast on this five day backpacking and surfing trip.  Between the small, coastal towns of Bandon and Port Orford, Highway 101 pulls away from the Pacific shore, leaving a 29-mile section of untrammelled beaches, remote lighthouses, and rugged headlands.  Our group will backpack this section of the coast, crossing the Sixes and Elk rivers.  We will wade in the Pacific, explore the natural wonders of the area, and camp in breezy, secluded campsites along the way.  Beach bonfires will be a nightly ritual, as well!  After completing our one-way exploration of the coast, we will spend a day learning to surf in the ocean or windsurf at the nearby Floras Lake.

This trip is open to all Upper School students and incoming 9th grade students.  No surfing or backpacking experience is required, but students should be comfortable outdoors and the hiking along the beach will be demanding.  The estimated cost for this trip is $225. 

Interested students should email David Zonana (zonanad@catlin.edu) to sign up.